Abang Jo urges UNIMAS to help strengthen state’s digital transformation

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

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KUCHING, Nov 7: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg hopes Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) will play its role in helping the state government to develop a digital technology-based economy by introducing relevant courses which are in line with the transformation.

He said presently, UNIMAS is moving in that direction by introducing blended learning, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), e-Learning Enrichment and Advancement Platform (e-Leap) and other digital technology-based programmes.

“Today we are faced with a technological revolution that will definitely impact all aspects of our lives.”

Acknowledging that the world has embarked on Industrial Revolution 4.0 but Sarawak is still far behind, he said Sarawakians need to catch up.

“Like the rest of the world, we need to prepare ourselves for new challenges and opportunities through a transformation process to get there through the same ways,” said Abang Johari today at the 21st UNIMAS Convocation at the university which is also celebrating its 25th Year Jubilee.

He said the revolution driven by technological innovation especially digital media technology will not only change modern lifestyles but also transform the economic, administrative and cultural aspects of society.

“Looking at this situation, the state government feels that we can no longer continue with old practices and economic methods which we have been practising over the years.

“My colleagues and I in the government have taken the initiative to review the economic structure of Sarawak to ensure that it continues to be sustainable and that we will thrive well in the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

“Hence, we have been pushing for the transformation of the resource-based economy into the digital economy,” explained Abang Johari.

He admitted that Sarawak still lags behind compared to other states, especially those in Peninsular Malaysia.

“On that basis, the state government will allocate RM1 billion to upgrade ICT facilities in the state and will set up the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) next year to ensure that the transformation of the state economy into the digital economy is on track.

“SMA will coordinate policies in key areas involving digital infrastructure, cyber security, e-commerce, talent development, research and development (R&D) and start-up projects,” he said.

He challenged all the graduates to seize the opportunities amidst the new economic shift. — DayakDaily